Just Passed All Exams - Study Tips and Strategy

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    Nancy Redenius

    Thanks for sharing such a detailed and thorough review of your test-taking experience and the resources you used to pass your tests, Emily. I found this very helpful.

    I am taking PA and PPD next and I am curious how much you felt that these tests tested on the IBC and ADA content. It is so much information and I am trying to figure out how much time I want to dedicate to studying those resources vs how much time to spend reviewing more "general" siting and design concepts.

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    Emily Margulies

    Hey Nancy,

    In my experience, for PA and PPD, it is important to know some basic concepts of IBC and ADA. ADA-wise, it's a good idea to learn the fundamentals of ramp dimensions and turning spaces - these can come up on space planning questions. For IBC, it's most important to be conceptually fluent in egress concepts, as well as occupancy types, construction types and their relationship to building size. (And I highly recommend renting BCI on Amazon, it makes understanding IBC way easier.)

    Mostly you'll be tested on your ability to find the answers you need within the code. Still, those questions can be difficult to approach if you've never seen the material before, so familiarity with concepts is definitely key. Read through the relevant ADA/IBC chapters until you feel you understand the substance, then move on.

    Good luck!

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    Nancy Redenius

    Thank you, Emily! That is very helpful. And congratulations on passing all of your exams!

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    Farley Snell

    Wow! Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to write up such a clear and referenced summary!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    CONGRATULATIONS on passing all of your exams.
    That said, this is probably my least favorite method of participating in the forums.

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    Ryan Misner

    Really helpful post Emily...Thanks!  And congratulations on completing the ARE.

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    Sonja Mason

    Echoing the above, congratulations on passing and THANK YOU for posting. I need help getting started, and you have done that for me.

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    Theresa Bort

    If this is the Emily Margulies I think it is, you were my first introduction to NCARB, and now we've come full-circle! I'm halfway through my tests and gearing up for a retake of PPD. I was under-prepared for the new test format the first time I took PPD, but I think your test-taking tips will help me a lot. Thank you for sharing!!

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    Natalie Thomas (Edited )

    Can anyone tell me why Building Codes Illustrated 2012 is $522 on Amazon and Building Codes Illustrated 2015 is only $50? Is it important to get 2012 and not 2015?

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    Luberto Velez

    Hi Emily,

    Thanks for this post and congratulations on passing.

    A couple of questions. On the Project Management test, what edition of AHPP did you study from. It seems like different editions have different content on same chapters.

    Also which year of the Harden Lectures you used. Also the same concern as with AHPP.

    This will help very much without giving any "spoilers". Rather it will avoid confusion.

    Thanks! 

     

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    Emily Margulies (Edited )

    Luberto,

    AHPP 15th Edition and lectures from Spring 2016.

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    Eric Curry

    Great info Emily! Congratulations for passing!! if you don't mind, did you have a specific study schedule?

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    Rogelio Marzan Hernandez

    Oh Wow! This post is what I was looking for!!! I just did the transition from 4.0, and now I'm preparing my materials for my last two (PDD and PPD) Thanks a million Emily!!, Also, It's really amazing how you did it with these six tests in such a short time. Congratulations for that!!!

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    Luberto Velez

    Rogelio de la UPR?

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    Rogelio Marzan Hernandez

    Siiii .... Luberto!

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    Luberto Velez

    Diaaaache!
    No te puedo dar mi contacto por aquí pero si llamas la oficina nos ponemos al dia. Un abrazo y éxito mi hermano!
    www.d2architecture.com

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    Pragati Maulikkumar Shah

    Emily - Congratulations on passing all the exams. Thank you for posting strategies and I specially appreciate the color coded chart. It is very concise and helpful. 

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    Pritesh Saxena (Edited )

    Congratulations Emily on clearing all your exams in one go. I am wondering if anyone (or you) in this forum is willing to sell the used study material for my use. I have just been cleared to take my exams (ARE 5.0) by the board and I am in the process of collecting the study material for my exams. Let me know if you anyone else is willing to sell.

    Thanks!

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    Lisa Wang

    hi Emily,

     

    how long did the whole process take?

    thanks

    Lisa

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    joshua nicoara

    is anyone else missing the image at the end of the post?

    -Josh

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    Kevin Riley

    All, I just finished taking PA, PPD, and PDD. I was thinking of taking CE next, but after reviewing the 5.0 Handbook there seems to be a lot of content from PcM and PjM on CE. Do people still recommend I take CE next OR should I jump to PcM and PjM and save CE for last? Thanks! 

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    Steven Hall

    Did you all feel adequately prepared for the PcM exam only reading the chapters listed above of the AHPP?

    The Wiley spreadsheet also includes chapters 10, 13, and 16. 

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